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“The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blue Ridge

February 5, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blue Ridge
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Blue Ridge Middle School is presenting “The Little Mermaid,” the world premiere of an original musical opening Feb. 28. This musical, written and directed by veteran stage director Dolly Stevens, is based on the Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name.

Join Haley the mermaid as she turns 15 years old and leaves behind her seven mer-sisters and travels to the ocean surface with her trusty sidekick, Maxwell the puffer fish. She travels beyond the beautiful mer-world filled with goldfish, dolphins, rainbow fish, starfish and many other awesome sea world creatures. Along the way she encounters trouble as she falls victim to the underworld and Mona the sea witch with her singing seaweed and evil sharks. Haley and Maxwell make it to the surface and meet Prince Frederick, Alfred and the other “humans.” … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert at the Old Schoolhouse

January 19, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluegrass Concert at the Old Schoolhouse

The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 40th season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. featuring Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m.and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

Rebel Records artists, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, are a red hot band in the bluegrass world today. In 2013, they topped the charts with the song, “Bottom of a Mountain,” and now Joe and Junior Sisk’s collaboration on the single, “Wild Mountain Honey,” is currently holding the top rating on Bluegrass Today’s January chart. Joe Mullins , a veteran bluegrass performer and radio broadcaster, formed Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers in 2006 with the intent of performing an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music played with inventive instrumentals, vocal arrangements and a cappella quartets along with a touch of tasteful- down-home humor. To say that they have accomplished that intention is an understatement. The band’s recordings are heavily played on numerous bluegrass-oriented radio stations and have earned many accolades. Over his long career, Joe has earned five IBMA awards and three SPBGMA awards. In addition to Joe on banjo, the Radio Ramblers include: Duane Sparks on guitar and vocals, Evan McGregor on fiddle, Mike Terry on Mandolin and Randy Barnes on bass. The words of Pete Fisher, General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, say it all about this band: “They are awesome.” www.radioramblers.com.

An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales

December 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales
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Presented By The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department

The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department will present an evening of folk and fairy tales on December 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door.

Loudoun Valley’s production, titled “The Crane Wife & Other Tales,” includes three tales familiar to audiences worldwide. “The Crane Wife,” by Barbara Carlisle and directed by Loudoun Valley’s new Director of Theater, Russ Staggs, is the story of a young farmer in a small Japanese village who saves a beautiful crane from death and is rewarded with a beautiful bride. When the young farmer discovers his new wife’s ability to weave otherworldly cloth to sell at market, his greed overtakes him. Too late, the young farmer learns his wife’s true identity and the secret of her weaving…and loses everything he holds dear. This Japanese tale is followed by two of the Grimm Brother’s most famous stories: “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Rumplestiltskin,” adapted by Laura Agudelo and directed by LVHS seniors Amanda Barr and Emily Jackson, respectively. All three stories incorporate direction, costumes, and design influenced by the Kabuki theatre of Japan.

This production is a fun-filled evening for the whole family. Each production will take place in the Loudoun Valley High School Auditorium, and tickets will be sold at the door. Please call Russ Staggs at 540-751-2400 for further information.

Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Sandy Are Coming – Gee Whiskers! Leapin’ Lizards!

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“Annie” the classic, all-ages story based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip is coming to Franklin Park Visual & Performing Arts Center December 13-22 (Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.).

The play – as charming as the original comic strip, which came on the scene in 1924 – is a cultural icon. It follows the life and adventures of a young girl named Annie, abandoned by her parents in front of a 1930s orphanage in New York City.

Known for her positive personality – and her sunny and upbeat phrases “Gee Whiskers!” and “Leaping Lizards!” – Annie’s story is interesting in that the comic strip’s author used his main character to express his opinions on the politics of the day, weaving in plotlines having to do with communism, the Great Depression, the New Deal and others. Annie combats what Grey saw as the negative forces of his times, while helping others to do the same. … Continue Reading

First Year for Middleburg Film Festival

November 6, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Year for Middleburg Film Festival
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Festival founder Sheila Johnson welcomed thousands of guests to the first Middleburg Film Festival October 24-27.

Festival Executive Director Susan Koch noted that “from the very beginning, our primary objective has been to create a small, but carefully curated, slate of outstanding films – as well as foster an intimate and accessible festival experience.”

The festival included films such as “August: Osage County,” “The Best Offer,” “The Butterfly’s Dream,” “Capital,” “Child’s Pose,” “Gloria,” “Like Father, Like Son,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Nebraska” “One Chance,” “Philomena” and “Le Week-End.” … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert at the Old School House

The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 40th season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Nothin’ Fancy. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

NOTHIN’ FANCY ~ are five time winners of the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBMGA) “Entertaining Group of the Year” (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013). If that is not enough, The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, coupled with their friendly down-to-earth charm, keep people coming back for more. … Continue Reading

The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”

October 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”
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The promotional message on this band’s business card reads: “Blues that make you move.” And they rightly do. Their music, described as Chicago style blues, is tight and flowing, smooth, rhythmic and highly refined, with each instrument blending perfectly into the other while rendering a sound all its own. Listening to it, you do want to dance, take a slow spin, open your ears to the meaning of the song, even if it is with yourself.

But, it’s a verse in one of the first songs to be played by the band at this year’s Bluemont Fair that had me nodding and thinking to myself, “That’s it – absolutely, that’s what defines this band.” “Buried alive in the blues … “ is how the line goes. Buried alive without a care in the world, immersed in your music and where it takes you, oblivious to everything around. Captive of the feeling. That’s how I felt watching “Chopper” sing, a man lost in his music even as he engaged a chatty, freewheeling audience of children and adults, couples and teenagers hanging out on a perfectly beautiful late September afternoon in rural, Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

July 30, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel
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Englebert Humperdinck’s delightful family opera, Hansel & Gretel, is set for production December 6-15, and auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 by appointment from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 West Market St., Leesburg.

Children should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing one song in English as well as to learn some new music during the audition. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals begin September 29th. To schedule an audition or for more information, e-mail admin@loudounlyricopera.com.

Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

April 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

Franklin Park Arts Center Hosts a Jazz Dance Extravaganza

Experience the power, passion, and precision of live jazz dance. Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company will perform Dancin’ on Broadway and Beyond, a Broadway showcase tribute, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. On Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m., audiences will experience the thrill of Broadway smash-hit numbers, a jazz dance extravaganza of musical theatre and contemporary concert jazz dance.

Leave the prosceniums and drop curtains in Manhattan; Dancin’ Unlimited, directed by Northern Virginia jazz dance icon Marilyn York, brings the best of Broadway to the small theatre setting. The show is packed with signature songs and dance pieces from A Chorus Line, Fosse, and Pajama Game, with medleys of Sinatra songs and the recent movie musical Burlesque.

“We will take you on a jazz dance journey through dance styles that made Broadway famous,” says York. Dancin’ Unlimited’s motto is “Jazz Dance with Class.” They hold true to classical technique and clean lines with the exuberance to light up Broadway to boot. The program is family friendly, great for jazz dance enthusiasts of all ages.

Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life
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“I just want to do exciting work.”

That’s a quote from Lovettsville sculptor Jeffrey Hall. A true artist who earnestly juggles the need to make a living with the joyful talent inside that knows it can produce magnificent work, and wants to share it with the world.

Walk into Jeff’s enormous 19th century barn turned studio and you are overwhelmed with both the size and the scope of what he has produced. A huge cast bronze sundial piece depicting a man, representing the sun, shielding a woman, representing the moon. A quiet, reflective clay bust of a beloved diplomat – preparation for a formal statue that this fall will grace an embassy in Washington DC. A dramatic Lucite and brass piece that reveals multiple figures and reflections as it slowly rotates on a turntable. … Continue Reading

Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26
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Provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Beyond the sheer talent of both Al and Amy, audiences love the diversity of instruments they play, their warm stage presence and the multi-media show, ”Land of the Sky” in which they combine live music with projections of their nature photography of the Southern Appalachians. … Continue Reading

An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

March 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

Robbie Limon brings his stage and music presentation of “An Evening with Buddy Holly” to the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville on Saturday, March 23 , at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and & &17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Spend the evening with Buddy Holly as he rehearses his band for the 1958 Winter Dance Party tour of mid-western States. This show features over 20 songs recorded during 1956-1958 and all are performed live and ‘in-person’. You can ask questions about Buddy’s career, his music, and his future. This unique format for a stage play is certain to give an inside look at a life that has been described as eighteen months of fame and generations of influence. … Continue Reading

Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel

March 5, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel
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With both cool serenity and a penchant for water and musical fun, the 26-acre Watermelon Park, located on the banks of the beautiful Shenandoah River about 10 miles west of Purcellville, has something for everyone – from the child eager to take her first river-tubing trip, to the country music lover who longs for the days of Patsy Cline.

The park bills itself as “Family Owned and Operated Since 1939.” And, in this case, that old-timey notion of a business that started out doing things the right way, and has never stopped doing it, is absolutely true to fact. Today’s Watermelon Park is owned and operated by John U. Miller Jr. and Family. “Junior” as most folks know him, grew up and still resides in the old stone house which sits upon the hilltop overlooking the park. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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